Obits 3/6/18

Wendy Lee Wright

Homemaker

Wendy Lee Wright, 42 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 26 at Livingston Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held on March 1 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Brett Gibbons officiating. Interment followed in the Clark Cemetery.

She was born on July 30, 1975 in Putnam County. She was a wonderful mother and a loving wife. She loved growing and tending to her flowers. She also enjoyed riding her motorcycle and listening to old rock-n-roll music.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Surviving relatives include her husband, Kenny Wright of Livingston; son, Rylee Clark Wright of Livingston; parents, Bill and Patsy Clark of Allons; and brother, Bill Clark, Jr. of Franklin.

 

Jeffrey Dewey Reagan

Auto Mechanic

Jeffrey Dewey Reagan, 73 of Monroe, passed away on March 3 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on March 7 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Aron Dillon officiating. Interment followed in the Martin Cemetery.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1944 in Overton County. He worked at Ford as a mechanic for many years. He enjoyed farming, working with cattle, fishing and working on cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arville and Dellus Huffer Reagan.

Surviving relatives include his daughters, Deanna Melton of Rickman and Sherry Sturgill and husband, John of Lebanon; grandchildren, Cody King, Olivia Palfreyman and husband, John, Courtney Cunningham and husband, Adam, and Rusty Qualls; and four great-grandchildren.

 

Roy Riser

U.S. Navy

Roy Riser, 96 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 27 from Heritage Pointe in Cookeville. Celebration of Life services were held on March 3 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Tompkins officating.

He was born on April 4, 1921 in Bemidj, Minn. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He also started his own certified flight instruction and charter flight service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Marie J. Tollerud Riser; mother of his children, Margaret Minerich Riser, mother of his step sons, Linda Jane Riser; and son in law, Chris Reinholtz.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Audrey Tompkins Riser; children, Roy Elliott Riser, Cynthia Riser Reinholtz and Shirley Riser Strickland and husband Alan; granddaughters, Stefanie Strickland, Alison Strickland Dos Remedios and husband Neil; great-grandson Pierce; step-son, Tim Conatser and wife LaRue; their two daughters, Katie and Emily Conatser; and Liping Conatser, the wife of his late step-son, Michael Conatser; Audrey’s children, Regina Tompkins Billings and her children, Matthew and Emily Billings; Douglas Tompkins and wife Mary and their children, Christa Tompkins and Sarah Kennedy; and Greg Tompkins and wife Debbie and their children, Amanda and Miranda Tompkins.

 

Harold Edward Christensen

Auto Mechanic

Harold Edward Christensen, 87 of Alpine, passed away on March 1 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Graveside services were held on March 4 at Bolestown Cemetery. Speck Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1930 in Atoka, Okla. He worked as an auto mechanic at Chrysler for many years. He enjoyed painting, hunting, fishing, being outdoors, singing and playing the guitar.

He was preceded in death by sister, Joann.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Shirley Christensen of Alpine; sons, David Christensen and wife, Gloria of Rockford, Ill. and Randy Christensen and wife, Tereasa of Rockford, Ill.; daughters, Debbie Johnson of Columbia, Mo. and Carolyn Sells and husband, Mike of Alpine; six grandchildren and great-grandchild; and sister, Sherry Ferguson of Ky.

Pallbearers included: David Christensen, Randy Christensen, Ricky Ricketson, Randall Ricketson, Michael Sells and Jonathan Sells.

 

Rita Ann Allen

Homemaker

Rita Ann Allen, 60 of Hilham, passed away on March 1 at the Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on March 4 from the chapel of Livingston Funeral Home with Bro. Ronnie McCowan officiating. Interment followed in the Allen’s Chapel Cemetery.

She was born on May 16, 1957 in Overton County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Aaron’s Chapel Community Church. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, listening to country music, working in the garden, spending time with her family and her flower garden.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Melissa V. Hammons; husband, Clarence A. Allen; brothers, Larry Hammons and Joseph Hammons; and great-grandson, Joe Lynn Mahann.

Surviving relatives include her step-daughters, Carol Sue Decker of Algood and Shelia Hastings of Cookeville; sons, Jason Johnson of Georgia and Ryan Johnson of Hilham; sisters, Patricia Hammons of Livingston, Mary Linda Collins of Hilham and Cindy Day of Cookeville; sister-in-law, Myrtle Allen of Hilham; brother-in-law, Albert Coffman of Livingston; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Willard Hammons of Hardy’s Chapel and Mike Brown of Livingston.

 

Hershel Ray Wilson

Teacher

Hershel Ray Wilson, 86 of Alpine passed away on Feb. 28 at the Signature Healthcare in Cookeville. Funeral services were held on March 3 from the chapel of the Hall Funeral Home of Livingston with Bro. Eric Dillon and Bro. John Turnbull officiating and his granddaughter Shauna Hargis and John Mark Windle speaking. Interment followed in the Copeland Cemetery located in the Alpine Community.

He was born on March 8, 1931 in Carwford. He was a teacher for nine years and worked at Union Bank and Trust for 38 years. He loved farming, gardening and watching Tennessee Tech sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe P. and Cora Lee Hoover Wilson; brothers, George Wilson, Emerson “Red” Wilson, Lesley “Leck” Wison, Dester Wilson and Othel “Dobe” Wilson.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Georgia Key Wilson of Alpine; son, Dester Wilson and wife Donna of Rickman; daughter, Gail Norrod and husband Rick of Alpine; grandchildren, Shauna Hargis and husband Rodney, Emily McLearran and husband Jeremy, Joshua Wilson, Caleb Wilson, Cora Wilson and Aaron Wilson; great grandson, Wade Hargis; sisters, Genata Looper of Byrdstown, Myma Miller of Monterey; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Pallbearers include: Joshua Wilson, Caleb Wilson, Aaron Wilson, Rodney Hargis, Jeremy McLearran, B.J. Todd and Cody Miller.

 

Pauline Bilbrey

Homemaker

Pauline Bilbrey, 97 of Livingston, passed away on Feb. 22 at Overton County Health and Rehab. Funeral services were held on Feb. 25 from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Pickens officiating. Interment followed in the Good Hope Annex Cemetery.

She was born on May 31, 1930 in Overton County. She was a strong-willed business owner of a motel and restaurant. She enjoyed quilting, traveling and square dancing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ida Gore Bilbrey; brothers, Milard “Poke” Bilbrey, Ray Bilbrey and Jimmy Bilbrey; sisters, Mae Nolen and Cleo Bilbrey; and best friend, Ed Riley.

Surviving relatives include her nephew, Bill Nolen of Livingston; nieces, Katy Nolen Vaughn of Livingston, Betty Nolen Copeland of Cookeville, Mary Catherine Bilbrey Stover of Livingston, Margaret Bilbrey Brown of Murfreesboro, Betty Bilbrey Davis of Livingston, Bobbie Bilbrey Hargis of Detroit, Mich., Peggy Bilbrey Holtsclaw of Summerest, Ky. and Linda Bilbrey Young of Henderson; and several great-great nieces and nephews.

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